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In ancient Egypt, they wore their hangover cures

Recently translated ancient papyrus reveal the curious way that ancient Egyptians treated a hangover. It was also a potential fashion accessory.

A necklace of these leaves may have eased the pain from getting lit up in Luxor. Wikipedia/Creative Commons

Most of us need an excuse to get totally sloshed -- like New Year's, or a wedding reception with a great open bar, or karaoke -- but the ancient Egyptians actually held annual drunken festivals that celebrated drunkenness itself. If ever a society needed a great hangover cure, it was definitely those people.

Now, thanks to some 1,900-year-old pieces of papyrus bearing writing that has just recently been translated, we have the recipe for the hangover cure likely practiced after many a B.C.-era rager along the Nile.

The texts, written in Greek, were unearthed a century ago from a stash of over 500,000 documents found in the ancient Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus. A section details a recipe for a "drunken headache" cure that involves stringing together leaves of the Alexandrian chamaedaphne shrub and perhaps wearing it in the form of a necklace, according to LiveScience.

It's unknown whether the "cure" actually worked, and I've yet to give it a try. If you see me walking around with a leafy necklace anytime soon, you'll know that I've had a rough night in the name of science.

While it might seem silly to drape yourself in some leaves from the neighborhood shrubs to ease your throbbing head, those ancient ravers weren't really that far off. After all, I recently discovered the best hangover cure during a recent bachelor party experience in Colorado -- the cure isn't in the leaves Ramses, it's actually in the buds.

Egypt Exploration Society